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El Supremo

Support of friend could cost Genesee County board Chairman Jamie Curtis UAW endorsement

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 7:50 AM

By Ron Fonger | RFONGER1@mlive.com

doinit4me April 28, 2012 at 7:58AM

Party politics and special interests...boy you just got to love it. Neither has anything to do with whats best for the citizens.

ss3251 April 28, 2012 at 8:04AM

Perfect example of union bullying. Even to their own.
We need to become a right to work state and give our fellow workers the right to get out from under their manipulative control.

virgogirl April 28, 2012 at 8:25AM

LOL and the right NEVER bullies. Sure, I believe you...not

rjriley5000 April 28, 2012 at 8:29AM

Both parties bully. That is why people need to support indepenent, run as independents and using crowd funded grass root campaign tactics, including write in campaigns.

The goal should be to sideline both political parties for selling out America's best interests.

The bottom line is that neither party is trustworthy.

Look at how Obama, Levin and Stabenow handed transnational corporate interests the ability to take American ingenuity and inventions to other countries and then they have the nerve to tell the public it will create jobs. It will, in China. This and banks gouging small business on loans is why the recession has been so deep and long.

jorgefilet April 28, 2012 at 8:13AM

The "Dictatorship of the Proletariat " marches on.

HarleyRider April 28, 2012 at 8:59AM

"I asked (Curtis) to stay out of the race ... (or) we could at some point in time ... pull our endorsement," said Norwood Jewell, UAW Region 1-C director. Ableroon...is this more of that " Good Faith " bargaining you have been talking about??? But if Curtis goes against the union's preferred candidate in the 48th District, he just might lose the union's support in his own re-election bid as a result.....good faith????

shagbark April 28, 2012 at 9:21AM

I hope the union is reading these comments and taking notes. They some times get a little wrapped up in them selves and forget their job. Gleason sounds like a good union man and capable of doing the job. To punish some one for supporting him seems very wrong. I don't know much about Pam Faris but it sounds a lot like the union owes some one a favor and is paying it back.

FlUAWRAY April 28, 2012 at 9:28AM

Why would any organization that endorses a candidate, provides campaign help, and contributes money to them, allow that individual to work against another candidate that they have endorsed? That amounts to using your organization's money against itself. This is not the first time that Jamie Curtis has done this. Regional Director Norwood Jewell is absolutely right, and needs to withdraw the UAW's endorsement of Curtis.

Jerrydog April 28, 2012 at 9:28AM

I am so tired of hearing what the union wants or demands really... A bunch of thugs. Thus, why i go out of my way to never buy a UAW product. I look forward to the day they put themselves out of business and the last hall is auctioned off as empty lot value. They feed on the producers of the nation and each other when you don't follow the "proper" line, sounds like a real upstanding group to be associated with...NOT!
Post Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:49 am 
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About Pam Faris

Pamela M. Faris was born and raised in Flint-- graduating from Powers Catholic High School in 1975. Pam and her husband, John Cherry, have lived in the Clio, Vienna Township area for 30 years. They have two grown children, Meghan and John Daniel Cherry, a son-in-law, Chris Hennessy and a 5 year old granddaughter, Madeline.

Pam's interest in politics began as a teenager volunteering to work on several political campaigns. She even met her husband through their political involvement with local democratic candidates, and their first date was a political fundraiser.

For many high school graduates in the 1970s, working in a local General Motors plant was a great way to become independent. In Pam's case, she worked at Fisher Body while attending Mott Community College where she obtained an Associates degree. During that time, she and John Cherry were married; and when their first child was born, Pam chose to stay at home for eight years to raise their children and further her education-- obtaining a Bachelor's degree from Baker College. Nevertheless, Pam remained politically active in her husbands campaigns for State Representative and State Senate.

In 1989 Pam went to work in the Prosecutors office as a Case Coordinator for District Court. In a few years she was promoted to Jury Coordinator for Genesee County and retired from that position in 2003. In that role, she was instrumental in shortening the number of days jurors are on call from two weeks to two days, raising the awareness of the importance of jury duty and getting legislation passed to increase juror pay. Pam also worked to organize the first Genesee County Take Your Daughter to Work Day, and instituted the County's recycling program. When she retired she was president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 916, Chapter 10, where she represented supervisory personnel at Circuit Court.

After leaving her work at Genesee County, Pam had a great opportunity to travel all over Michigan representing her husband, Lt Governor John Cherry, at different events and gatherings. The new friends she made and her ability to witness what was happening in communities throughout Michigan kept her involved in the democratic process.

Pam was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on the Michigan Community Service Commission. The commission's work to build a culture of service through volunteerism was a mission that Pam took to heart and continues to advocate for.

Pam was also selected to serve on the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). The goal of the ECIC is to help children succeed in life by bettering their educational and life circumstances from the moment they are born. Pam still remains on the ECIC Corporate Board today.

She was also a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Women's Commission. The Women's Commission has focused and made great strides in improving job opportunities for women, helping them build financial security, improving women's health and welfare and preventing discrimination against women.

During this time, Pam Faris expanded her political activity as well. She helped the Michigan Democratic Party organize the Michigan Blue Tiger Democrats. Blue Tiger Democrats emphasizes that political activity has to start with a commitment to enhancing the quality of community life through volunteer work and civic engagement. Because of Pam's efforts, Democrats across the state now organize activities and projects that seek to strengthen and improve the neighborhoods we live in.

Last 2010, Pam Faris was appointed to the Mott Community College Board of Trustees; and subsequently, was elected to a full six-year term in 2011.

Early involvement in her community and local politics has forged Pam's deep commitment to bettering people's lives. As the youngest serving Chairperson of the 3rd District Democratic Club in Flint, she helped the members organize community service projects to help area residents. Her political activism has helped Pam get the attention of elected officials when community problems required collective action. Those life experiences have also helped Pam in her efforts to remind other political activists that the goal of politics is the improvement of community life.
Post Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:00 am 
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Expect a particularly vicious race. When walling, a Blue Tiger Dem, ran against Williamson the Cherry children worked with Amanda Stitt and the Young Dems to run a brutal scandal sheet kind of election.

Young John Cherry is said to already be slated to run for office in the near future. (Ananich's position and he moved into the city)

So is what we have here the Cherry Dynasty?

The rumor mill says the UAW is still working to protect Dan Kildee and cut a deal between Carr and Gleason for the Genesee County Clerk job. Gleason is not term limited yet.

Gadola announced his run for state rep against Smiley last night. That should be a hot race with the redrawn districts.
Post Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:09 am 
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Is this the Democratic purge, sort of a elimination of closet Republicans claiming to be Democrats in order to get elected within the county.
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